President Donald Trump found himself under fire once again today. This following the alleged unauthorized use of late rocker Tom Petty’s anthem “I Won’t Back Down’ last night at his Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign rally.
The Petty family released a statement which read: “Tom Petty’s song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ was used today at Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, OK. Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.”
Plus added, “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
And expressed, “Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for EVERYONE. We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy.”
Then claimed, “But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued an official cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.” That signed by surviving family members Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty.
The Hollywood Reporter told:
Trump has been criticized for using music without permission before. In 2015, REM slammed the President, who was then a presidential candidate, for including their song “Moronic Charade of a Campaign” at a campaign rally. Similarly in 2018, Rihanna and Axl Rose called out Trump for using their music at political events.
A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. Trump originally had scheduled the rally a day earlier but got blasted as that fell on Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating an end to slavery in this country. Now it seems the president can’t do much of anything right.